Chris White kicked a 38-yard field goal with four seconds to play to lead Illinois to a 31-28 upset of fifth-ranked Ohio State yesterday in a Big Ten opener in Champaign, Ill.

White, the son of Illinois Coach Mike White, made the crucial kick before a crowd of 76,343 as Ohio State dropped to 3-1.

"I don't remember a sweeter victory in my coaching career -- and you all know why," Coach White said. "Chris is pretty damn good at what he does. He's got great poise and concentration . . . You look him in the eye and you know he can do it."

"As soon as I hit it, it felt like it was good," said Chris White, who had the wind to his back. "If I would have missed, I would have blamed it on the wind."

Illinois (2-2), down by 28-14 in the third quarter, tied the game on one-yard touchdown runs by Ray Wilson -- his second of the game -- and quarterback Jack Trudeau.

With time running out and the score tied at 28, Trudeau found Stephen Pierce for a key 18-yard completion, then turned to the running game to position Illinois for White's game-winning kick.